TUNE IN: Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room to be featured on Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” on July 18 and 19 at 10 a.m. PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRITY CHEF RICK MOONEN OF RM SEAFOOD AND RX BOILER ROOM TO BE FEATURED ON HALLMARK CHANNEL’S “HOME & FAMILY” ON JULY 18 AND 19 AT 10 A.M. PT

 

Chef Moonen will share a specialty “Christmas in July” recipe

 

Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room, both located at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, will be featured in an upcoming episode of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show which airs on July 18 at 10 a.m. PT and July 19 at 10 a.m. PT.

 

On the episode, Chef Rick Moonen will prepare a specialty “Christmas in July” dish. “Home & Family” is hosted by Debbie Matenopoulous and offers viewers advice in the areas of home improvement, parenting, health and fitness. The show originates from the fully functioning New England colonial-style home that was built on the Universal Studios lot, with each room of the house being used to show everything from how to buy a week’s worth of groceries for $100 to growing organic fruits and vegetables. Matenopoulous participates in roundtable discussions with experts from various fields, with celebrities occasionally participating to provide answers for viewers.

 

About Chef Rick Moonen

Nicknamed “The Godfather of Sustainability,” Chef Rick Moonen has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement, bringing national awareness to this subject for the last 20 years. Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood showcases this commitment to sustainability without forgoing culinary creativity and innovation. In 2008, Chef Moonen accomplished a lifelong dream with the publication of his cookbook Fish Without a Doubt: The Essential Cook’s Companion.

 

That same year, his signature Catfish Sloppy Joe was highlighted in Esquire magazine’s “Sandwich Encyclopedia,” prompting a guest spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he served the talk show queen his dish and earned the title of “Best Sandwich in America.” In 2009, he was a guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Las Vegas, where his restaurant served as the location for the show’s popular “Restaurant Wars” episode. That same year, he was a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and in 2010 was invited back to compete on Top Chef Masters Season 2, where he was runner-up. In January 2011, Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Moonen as “Chef of the Year.”

 

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About Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood

Since opening RM Seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place in 2005, Master Chef Rick Moonen brings his expertise to The Strip by offering a unique dining experience with a thoughtful selection of seafood through his delectable dishes. Renowned for his passionate views on sustainable seafood, Chef Moonen creates an experience that features a vast array of flavor combinations designed to exemplify the natural qualities of fresh ingredients. Along with abundant offerings from the sea, the menu includes Wagyu beef, lamb, salads and other unique items such as seared foie gras and chicken san daniele.

 

RM Seafood offers brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and happy hour menus and is open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. To book a reservation or group dining experience, visit RMSeafood.com and call (702) 632-9300.

 

Like RM Seafood on Facebook: Facebook.com/RMSeafood

Follow RM Seafood on Twitter: Twitter.com/RMSeafood

Follow RM Seafood on Instagram: Instagram.com/RMSeafood702

 

 

About Rx Boiler Room
Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen showcases his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu features an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations. Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room offers a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.

 

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MGM Grand to be Featured in Two-Part Season Finale of Bravo’s Hit Culinary Series Top Chef

MGM GRAND LAS VEGAS TO BE FEATURED IN TWO-PART SEASON FINALE OF BRAVO’S HIT CULINARY COMPETITION REALITY SERIES TOP CHEF

Top Chef’s Vegas Episodes Air March 10 and 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo

 MGM Grand, the entertainment authority in Las Vegas, will be featured in the final two episodes of Bravo’s Top Chef, Season 13 Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The episodes will include:

  • MGM Grand’s luxurious SKYLOFTS, where the cast was hosted and treated to a variety of VIP experiences;
  • A quickfire challenge in MGM Grand Garden Arena – a venue that’s held countless iconic showdowns;
  • Elimination challenges onstage in David Copperfield Theater and in Top Chef  host Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak restaurant;
  • A final judges table at the world-class Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub where the season’s winner will be announced in true Las Vegas fashion;
  • A number of celebrities in the star-studded episodes including renowned illusionist David Copperfield;  
  • World-renowned chefs as finale judges such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Prime Steakhouse at Bellagio and Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA, Charlie Palmer of Aureole at Mandalay Bay and Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Las Vegas and Julian Serrano of Picasso at Bellagio and Julian Serrano Tapas at ARIA; and Top Chef Masters alum Emeril Lagasse of Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand and Rick Moonen of RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay.

During this season of the Emmy Award-winning series, contestants traveled throughout California to compete in challenges themed for six of the state’s most celebrated culinary cities: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Palm Springs. The final two episodes bring the last contestants standing to Las Vegas for a finale full of exciting challenges where one winner is crowned the champion.

Top Chef airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.  For more information on the show and resort accommodations, visit Top Chef and MGM Grand online.  

 

About MGM Grand

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star restaurant, Joël Robuchon. The resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the MGM Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas in addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate 380,000-square-foot conference center. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog

About Bravo

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Thicker Than Water” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

Chef Rick Moonen to Host Bravo’s ‘Recipe For Deception’ Happy Hour Viewing Party at rm seafood on Jan. 28

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CHEF RICK MOONEN TO HOST BRAVO’S ‘RECIPE FOR
DECEPTION’ HAPPY HOUR VIEWING PARTY AT
RM SEAFOOD ON JAN. 28

WHAT:
Bravo’s all-new series Recipe for Deception is debuting this month and Las Vegas’ own Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen of rm seafood and Rx Boiler Room at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place will appear on the Master Chefs-based episode on Thursday, Jan. 28
 
In this episode, four Master Chefs will play their hand at the competition including Lorena Garcia, Rick Moonen, Art Smith, and Bryan Voltaggio. Josh Altman, star of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, and Andy Buckley, star of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out will appear as guest judges. 
 
In honor of this special appearance, Moonen will host a Recipe for Deception Happy Hour and Viewing Party at rm seafood to showcase the exciting episode. Starting at 9 p.m., guests will be treated to small plates prepared by Moonen, along with a special “Deception” cocktail created by Lead Barman Eric Smith, plus wine and craft beer to enjoy throughout the episode. This special event is priced at $25 (excluding tax and gratuity) and will feature passed appetizers including lobster rolls, crab cakes, salmon tataki and an array of sushi, to name a few.
 
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. For reservations and additional details, call (702) 632-9300. 
 

WHEN:

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at 9 p.m. (show starts at 10 p.m.)
 
WHERE:
Rick Moonen’s rm seafood
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
(702) 632-9300
RSVP:
Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jessica Grimaldo by emailing jgrimaldo@rickmoonen.com

or call (702) 632-9300.
About Chef Rick Moonen:
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Rick Moonen’s rm seafood To Host A Special Wine Pairing Dinner With Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyard On November 3

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RICK MOONEN’S RM SEAFOOD TO HOST A SPECIAL WINE PAIRING DINNER WITH WHITEHALL LANE WINERY & VINEYARDS ON NOV. 3

WHAT:
Celebrate fall harvest and join Rick Moonen’s rm seafood inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place for a special wine pairing dinner with Napa Valley’s Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyards on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Guests will enjoy six highly-rated wines paired with five courses, created by owner/Chef Rick Moonen, for a culinary wine tasting affair. This special dinner is priced at $150 (excluding tax and gratuity) and will feature the following menu:

First Course
Pistachio Crusted Kona Kampachi
cranberry sake glaze, wasabi crème fraiche, pickled grapes, sriracha chips
Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Foie Gras
pistachio French toast, Merlot soaked currants, foie mousse, local figs
Whitehall Lane Merlot

Third Course
Pan Roasted True North Salmon
sunchoke farro hash, Brussel sprouts, grains of paradise spiced Marcona almonds
Whitehall Lane Pinot Noir

Fourth Course
Braised Beef Short Rib
horseradish chive mashed potatoes, heirloom roasted baby carrots
Whitehall Lane Estate Cabernet and Tre Leoni

Fifth Course
Lemon Yuzu Sorbet with a local Thai basil syrup
Whitehall Lane Muscat

WHO:
A small, family owned winery in Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford appellation, Whitehall Lane Winery & Vineyard owns approximately 140 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena and are committed to making the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine. The winery continues to receive accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine’s year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine. For more information, visit www.whitehalllane.com.

WHEN:
Tuesday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Rick Moonen’s rm seafood inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place

RSVP:
Space is limited. Guests may RSVP by calling (702) 632-9300 or emailing info@rmseafood.com<mailto:info@rmseafood.com>. For more
information about Rick Moonen’s rm seafood, visit rmseafood.com.

About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet.  He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability.  He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013. In June 2013, Chef Moonen transformed rm upstairs into Rx Boiler Room, a modern gastropub that showcases comfort food, redefined with Moonen’s signature twist. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine. www.rickmoonen.com.

Rick Moonen’s rm seafood Teams Up with Azzurre Spirits to Host a Special Cocktail-Inspired Dinner on Sept. 23

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RICK MOONEN’S RM SEAFOOD TEAMS UP WITH AZZURRE SPIRITS TO HOST A SPECIAL COCKTAIL-INSPIRED DINNER ON SEPT. 23

 

 

WHAT:                      
Enjoy Chef Rick Moonen’s delectable cuisine and a selection of ultra premium spirits as Rick Moonen’s rm seafood inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place hosts a special cocktail-inspired dinner with Azzurre Spirits on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Guests will be treated to an intimate cocktail reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course menu created by Moonen. In addition, the dinner will feature signature cocktails by Azzurre Spirits made from gin and vodka, the latter of which Azzurre makes with grapes, apples, and sugar cane instead of grains, wheat, or potatoes. This special dinner is priced at $85 (excluding tax and gratuity) and will feature the following menu:

Passed hors d’oeuvres
Devils on horseback
Azzurre Gin marinated cobia fish taco, taro root shell, grapefruit

Azzurre Gin Cocktail
gin, grapefruit, rhubarb, orange shrub that is served with perlini carbonator

First Course:
Chilled La Saint Simon Oyster, Azzurre Vodka Bloody Mary cocktail sauce

 

Azzurre Vodka Cocktail
vodka-based cocktail with elderberry, blueberries, habanero, bitters, champagne float

 

Second Course:
Pan-roasted True North Salmon with brussel sprouts, sunchoke with farro hash, grains of paradise spiced marcona almonds, Azzurre Gin buerre blanc

 

or

 

Braised beef short rib, red pepper Azzurre Vodka romesco, charred local scallions

 

Third Course:
‘Gin & Tonic’ sorbet, candied lemon, star anise syrup

 


WHO:                        
Launched in early 2014, Las Vegas-based Azzurre Spirits raises the bar for the ultra premium spirits category. Inspired by the majestic blue seas of the Mediterranean, owner Dan Pettit’s vision for the perfect spirit began to form. Hand-crafted and all natural, Azzurre Spirits is the only ultra-premium, gluten-free, blended vodka made with minimal distillation and filtration. Micro distilled in the United States, Azzurre Spirits uses only the best ingredients, sourced from farms and vineyards around the world. Following closely behind the luxury vodka, their passion has continued into the production of a new, ultra-premium gin. In search of a smooth, elegant taste that featured something beyond the traditional, Azzurre Gin is naturally gluten-free, with exotic botanicals, secret herbs, and spices added. For more information, visit http://www.azzurrespirits.com.

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:
Rick Moonen’s rm seafood inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place

RSVP: Space is limited. Guests may RSVP by calling (702) 632-9300. For more information about Rick Moonen’s rm seafood, visit rmseafood.com.

 

Media Contacts:

Sara Ryan

Langdon Flynn Communications

sara@langdonflynn.com

(702) 889-2705

 

About Chef Rick Moonen

Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet.  He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability.  He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013. In June 2013, Chef Moonen transformed rm upstairs into Rx Boiler Room, a modern gastropub that showcases comfort food, redefined with Moonen’s signature twist. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine. www.rickmoonen.com.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay to Host Top Chef Masters Reunion Dinner on August 19

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BORDER GRILL AT MANDALAY BAY TO HOST TOP CHEF
MASTERS REUNION DINNER ON AUGUST 19

Tickets Are Available For Purchase Online HERE

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Chefs/owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will host fellow Top Chef Masters alumni in the Border Grill kitchen inside Mandalay Bay for a special Top Chef Masters Reunion Dinner on Wednesday, August 19. Guest chefs include Hugh Acheson (5&10, The National, Empire State South and The Florence) and Rick Moonen (rm seafood and Rx Boiler Room). The all-star lineup will also feature cocktails created by The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.

“Mary Sue and I are very much looking forward to being reunited with such a great group of talented chefs and friends for this intimate event,” said Feniger. “It is so special when we can come together for a common good cause, as well as treat guests to a lively tasting event that celebrates our time during Top Chef Masters.”

Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception and a panel discussion with the chefs about their experiences on Top Chef Masters including a Q&A portion mediated by Rachel Smith of the MORE Show on FOX, followed by an intimate dine around event with the Top Chef Masters and specialty cocktails prepared by Abou-Ganim. Wine, beer and select cocktails will also be available, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits. The evening will begin at 6:30pm, and is priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes an autographed copy of Acheson’s newest cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen.

A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will support Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, a program that helps consumers and businesses make choices for healthy oceans. Space is limited.

Tickets Are Available For Purchase Online HERE

About The Guest Chefs and Mixologist:

Hugh Acheson
is the author of the James Beard Foundation Award Winning Cookbook A NEW TURN IN THE SOUTH: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks, and THE BROAD FORK: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. He is a chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants 5&10, The National, the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South, and The Florence in Savannah. He is a James Beard award winner for Best Chef Southeast and was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine. Hugh competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, Season 3 and currently stars as a judge on Top Chef.

Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been the country’s leading advocate for the sustainable seafood movement for the past 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. In 2013 USA Today named him one of Earth’s “Power Players” as one of five leaders helping the health of our planet. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more. His flagship restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike. In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas. In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Culinary Federation in 2013. In June 2013, Chef Moonen transformed rm upstairs into Rx Boiler Room, a modern gastropub that showcases comfort food, redefined with Moonen’s signature twist. Rx Boiler Room was named Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Desert Companion magazine.

Tony Abou-Ganim
is widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world. He has made dozens of national TV appearances on shows including TODAY, Iron Chef America, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News and more. Abou-Ganim is the author of The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate, 2010) which offers readers an in-depth look into spirits and ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur alike. This entertaining and informative journey will take readers from the early stages of the cocktail to what Abou-Ganim has come to deem “Modern Mixology.” Abou-Ganim also has a DVD to his credit, Modern Mixology: Making Great Cocktails at Home, and hosted the Fine Living program Raising the Bar: America’s Best Bar Chefs. Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions; pairing cocktails with Iron Chef Mario Batali; with Iron Chef Jose Garces and most recently with challenger Chef Sean McClain. His signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools was released in early 2013, along with his second book, Vodka Distilled (Agate, 2013).

About Border Grill
Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are co-chef/owners of the popular, critically acclaimed Border Grill restaurants & Truck, serving modern Mexican food in Las Vegas, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport and most recently a second Las Vegas location inside The Forum Shops at Caesars. The Border Grill Truck can be found on the streets of Southern California and beyond cooking gourmet tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, and more. Mary Sue and Susan, Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales,” are preeminent ambassadors of authentic Mexican cuisine, setting the standard for gourmet Mexican fare and authoring five cookbooks, including Cooking with Too Hot Tamales and Mesa Mexicana. Active members of the community, Mary Sue and Susan play leading roles in Share Our Strength and the Scleroderma Research Foundation. In addition, they are passionate about the environment and lead the culinary industry with their eco-friendly policies. For more information, visit www.bordergrill.com.

Chef Rick Moonen To Be Honored With “Rick Moonen Day” Proclamation Courtesy Of Mayor Carolyn Goodman Set For April 1

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CHEF RICK MOONEN TO BE HONORED WITH “RICK MOONEN
DAY” PROCLAMATION COURTESY OF MAYOR
CAROLYN GOODMAN SET FOR APRIL 1

 

Move over April Fools’ Day! Restaurateur and advocate for sustainable seafood Chef Rick Moonen will receive a City of Las Vegas proclamation from Mayor Carolyn Goodman on the zaniest day of the year, declaring April 1 as “Rick Moonen Day,” or as Moonen likes to call it “Moonen No Foolin’ Day,” in honor of the fun-loving chef and his contributions to the city.

 

Since his emergence on the Las Vegas restaurant scene in 2005, with the opening of rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and most recently Rx Boiler Room, Moonen has been one of the leading advocates and providers of sustainable seafood practices in the city for over a decade.

 

Moonen has played a pivotal role in the Las Vegas community with his giving spirit, being a strong supporter of Chefs to the Max, Fight MSA for Kerry Simon, Keep Memory Alive, Life is Beautiful Festival, Scleroderma Research Foundation, and Three Square Food Bank. In addition, April marks the celebration of Earth Month, a month-long celebration that perfectly coincides with his tireless efforts of being a strong voice in protection of our world’s oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.

 

Moonen, who recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of rm seafood in February, invites guests to join him in continuing the celebration for “Rick Moonen Day” by indulging in a special selection of unforgettable culinary hits that have been served since day one. Highlights include Everything Crusted Yellowfin Tuna with mixed grains, ratatouille and red pepper coulis; Pan-Seared Local Bass on chive whipped potatoes with truffle sauce and shitake mushrooms; Rick’s Seafood Gumbo with shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, okra and rice; and Linguini and Clams made to order with Atlantic littleneck surf clams, olive oil and parsley.

 

Rick Moonen’s proclamation event will be held on April 1, 2015, at 9 a.m. inside Las Vegas City Hall. For more information about rm seafood and to make reservations, visit www.rmseafood.com or call (702) 369-6300.

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About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

Life is Beautiful Announces National Our School is Beautiful Initiative with Communities In Schools of Nevada

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Life is Beautiful Announces National Our School is Beautiful Initiative with Communities In Schools of Nevada

 

The team behind the internationally-acclaimed Life is Beautiful music, food, art and learning festival announced a new initiative, Our School is Beautiful, on Tuesday, Feb. 17. In collaboration with its inaugural partner, Communities in Schools of Nevada (CIS of Nevada), the Nevada affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, Our School is Beautiful aims to empower at-risk students with pride in their schools, their community and in themselves.

 

“Life is Beautiful was created to make a positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” said Rehan Choudhry, founder of Life is Beautiful. “We aim to give people the tools and perspective needed to continue to see that life is beautiful and full of opportunity and hope. With Our School is Beautiful, we are working with incredible partners to focus our efforts on our Nevada children attending at-risk schools.”

 

At a private assembly held inside Las Vegas’ William H. “Bob” Bailey Middle School, more than 500 students gathered with Clark County School District (CCSD) staff and administration for a special video presentation to introduce the new initiative. The video recapped a day-long event that sought to remind students that they are not forgotten, they have potential and they are special, all while educating and empowering them. The day was elevated with participation from a variety of celebrities including chefs Rick Moonen and Bruce Bromberg, UFC fighter Miesha Tate, The Killers’ lead singer Brandon Flowers and GRAMMY-winning band Imagine Dragons.

 

“With the help of Life is Beautiful, students who face daily challenges were able to enjoy this special and magical event which planted the seed of hope in so many and reminded our students of their potential,” said Diane Fearon, chief executive officer of CIS of Nevada. “This event, combined with the reinforcement of the mentor relationship many students have with CIS of Nevada site coordinators at school every day provides great support and inspiration to low-income, high-risk students.”

 

“Nevada has the lowest-rated public education in America right now,” said Robert Reynolds of Reynolds Management and manager of Flowers. “That needs to change. I went to Bonanza. Brandon went to Chaparral. Like anyone who grew up here, we were happy to help.”

 

The concept for the initiative arose during dinner between Choudhry and Fearon. A perfect marriage between the mission of CIS of Nevada and the drive behind Life is Beautiful, Our School is Beautiful was born a mutually-beneficial fit. After 30 days of planning, the brainchild came to life when three at-risk CCSD schools had the experience of a lifetime.

 

“I knew we had to get involved in the effort as soon as Rehan and the Communities in Schools team told us the general concept of taking three at risk schools and helping turn them around,” said Mac Reynolds of Reynolds Management and manager of Imagine Dragons. “Dan [Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons] and I grew up in Las Vegas and attended public schools not too different from the ones we visited.  Having your own kids makes you realize just how important it is to foster an environment where they feel empowered and full of hope.  This program does just that.”

 

At Tuesday’s announcement, Bailey Middle School Principal Greg Cole, along with Choudhry, addressed the students before playing a 10-minute video that captured the day and explained the process behind and importance of Our School is Beautiful.

 

Beyond Las Vegas, the initiative aims to equip individuals in other cities with the tools and information they need to create similar events across the country.

 

For more information on Our School is Beautiful and to find out how you can get involved by creating your own event, visit www.ourschoolisbeautiful.com.

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About CIS of Nevada
Communities In Schools of Nevada is the local affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Working with both schools and the surrounding community, Communities In Schools of Nevada does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life.  Based directly inside schools, Communities In Schools of Nevada connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.

 

Operating in 43 school sites in Southern Nevada, Western Nevada and Northeastern Nevada, Communities In Schools of Nevada serves over 44,000 students.  Nationally, Communities In Schools provides services in more than 2,200 schools in 26 states and the District of Columbia, serving 1.3 million young people and their families every year.  As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is the only program proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates. For more information, please see our website http://www.cisnevada.org.

 

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About Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded in 2013 and launched in October of that same year as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 90,000 patrons in 2014. For more information on the company’s projects and the latest festival news, visit www.lifeisbeautiful.com, or connect with Life is Beautiful socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival, Twitter.com/lifeisbeautiful, Instagram.com/lifeisbeautiful and YouTube.com/user/LifeIsBeauitful.

 

RM Seafood To Celebrate Its Greatest Menu Hits In Honor Of 10th Anniversary This Februaury

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RM SEAFOOD TO CELEBRATE ITS GREATEST MENU HITS  IN HONOR OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS FEBRUARY

 

Celebrate a decade of unforgettable culinary hits as Chef Rick Moonen honors the 10th anniversary of Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place with a special menu created for the occasion. This February, in addition to the regular menu, guests can indulge in 10 of Moonen’s most celebrated dishes that reflect the spirit of the restaurant, as well as the last 10 years of his culinary career, all month-long.

 

“I can’t believe that it’s already been 10 years since we first opened rm seafood here on the Las Vegas Strip,” shared Moonen. “It’s been an incredible experience to have served and held a role in this fantastic community that I have called home for a decade. I’m looking forward to celebrating the restaurant with the return of my favorite dishes, as well as seeing what the future holds for rm seafood.”

 

The 10 dishes selected for the menu will be available throughout the month of February as daily specials. The specials vary from lasting menu offerings that have been served since day one with the Catfish Sloppy Joe to dishes that showcase Moonen’s passion for sustainable seafood such as the Brandade of Scallops and Shrimp with a black truffle vinaigrette, shaved fennel and frisee salad. Playful dishes representing Moonen’s role in popular culture also make an appearance on the anniversary menu, including dishes from his time as a contestant on the second season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. This menu will allow diners to get a taste of rm seafood’s history and what elements have made the restaurant a staple for finding pristine seafood in Las Vegas.

 

The distinguished rm seafood opened its doors in February 2005 and has since received a number of accolades for its culinary offerings, conscious ingredient sourcing practices, and the welcoming demeanor of its hands-on owner and chef. Throughout the past decade, Moonen has created an array of memorable dishes, as well as explored the many facets associated with the experience of being involved in the culinary world.

 

For more information about rm seafood and to make reservations, visit www.rmseafood.com or call (702) 369-6300.

 

About Chef Rick Moonen
Chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement for more than 25 years, bringing national awareness to this subject near and dear to his heart. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press alike.  In 2010 Rick made a memorable appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, nearly taking home the title and raising thousands of dollars and national awareness for Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  In May of 2011 Monterey Bay Aquarium honored Rick as their “Chef of the Year” for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. He’s been featured on CNN, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, Dan Rather Reports, and many more.  Find him on Twitter @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen, on Instagram @ChefMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.

2015 Trend Report: What to Expect from Las Vegas in the New Year

2015 LAS VEGAS TREND REPORT: WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE NEW YEAR

Experts Weigh in on 2015 Trends in Hospitality, Technology, Luxury, Entertainment, Food & Beverage and Spa

 

 

Hospitality, technology, luxury, entertainment, food and beverage, fashion and spa experts are weighing in on what we can expect from Las Vegas in 2015.

 

Contributors include industry insiders from Bellagio, ARIA , MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, Mirage, Monte Carlo, Vdara Hotel & Spa, The Shops at Crystals and internationally renowned chef Rick Moonen.

 

From the rise of music festivals and new takes on alcohol-infused foods to how the destination is pursuing the millennial generation, predictions are in and the forecast for the new year is no less enticing than one would expect from this popular travel destination that attracts more than 40 million visitors annually.

 

Take a glimpse into the future of Las Vegas:

 

2015 Las Vegas Trends Report

Table of Contents

 

Hospitality
Millennials matter
Wellness travel
Social spaces take center stage

Technology
Everything mobile
Wireless in-room integration
Social and digital gaming

Luxury
Whimsical luxury
Express luxury
Convenient luxury
High-end casual

Entertainment
Festivals rule the city

Food
Unknown fish make it big
Bitter gets bigger
New approaches to booze-inspired food
Inventive cuisine tastes better together

Beverage
In-house infusions and more
Champagne’s not just for celebrating
Las Vegas emerges as a craft beer destination

Spa
Immediate results that last
Taking the spa outside

 

 

Hospitality

    • Millennials matter. While Gen Y’s spending power will soon surpass that of any other age group, this generation’s influence is what sets it apart from previous ones. “Millennials grew up on technology and view it as a means to navigate their world,” says John Bollen, chief digital officer of MGM Resorts International. “In 2015, we will see how the impact of this group’s preference for sharing experiences with their peers and need for connectivity influence everything from in-room technologies to entertainment offerings.” A laidback yet innovative approach to hospitality will infiltrate Las Vegas, replacing standard lobby bars with unique social hubs, dominating menus with elevated takes on shareable family style dishes, introducing digital and social gaming, and increasing express offerings and services.

 

    • Wellness travel. Guests continue to seek out wellness travel options, and in 2015, a holistic, health-conscious stay will be easier than ever before in Las Vegas as hotels bolster offerings ranging from restaurant menus to guestrooms, according to Jane Cox, spa director at Spa Mandalay and BATHHOUSE Spa at Delano Las Vegas. Cox says Las Vegas spas will integrate new wellness services into their offerings, citing her plans to add yoga classes and farm-to-spa ingredients at BATHHOUSE. StayWell rooms – currently offered at MGM Grand – which incorporate more than a dozen healthy features including aromatherapy, wake-up light therapy and Vitamin C-infused showers – will expand the signature experience to additional properties and spaces this year. The second level of MGM Grand’s Conference Space was recently retrofitted with StayWell elements designed to appeal to health-minded business travelers. The upgraded spaces include furniture and features for stretching, improved air filtration and light quality, and Cleveland Clinic-approved menu items. Healthy food and beverage options will become more accessible, including a new USDA-Certified Organic cold-pressed juice program at Bellagio and a continued focus on sustainable foods throughout Las Vegas restaurants. Organic and natural wines also are on the rise with guests who want to be mindful even when imbibing, says Bellagio’s Director of Wine Jason Smith.

 

  • Social spaces take center stage. Guests prefer the casino floor and distinct venues for specific experiences (i.e. restaurants, theaters and nightclubs), but a growing demand for casual and flexible social spaces is driving the redesign of common areas into distinct social hubs, according to Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas. “It’s about creating pockets of moments unique to the space and offering different areas for interaction – whether for business or pleasure,” Chilton explains. This trend is evident in new lounge atmospheres including Franklin at Delano Las Vegas and Alibi at ARIA, where guests can enjoy conversation, drinks, small bites and live music. With the incorporation of living room-style seating and live entertainment, these social spaces accommodate networking groups and friends alike. Innovative outdoor spaces also are emerging, as evidenced by the recent opening of Monte Carlo’s BLVD Plaza and expansion of New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge; both are outdoor, Strip-side developments boasting unique dining concepts and dynamic entertainment. The fusion of these outdoor complexes will ultimately serve as the gateway to the 2016 opening of The Park, an interactive neighborhood featuring plentiful public seating, desert-sustainable landscaping and street entertainers, which will front the 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena, also currently under construction.

 

Technology

    • Everything mobile. Next year, guests will be able to book a room, make dinner reservations, purchase show tickets and even reserve pool lounge chairs from their mobile devices. “We’re always looking for ways to provide guests the opportunity to do things at their own pace,” says Shannon McCallum, executive director of hotel operations at ARIA. “In 2015, we’re looking at ways to enhance mobile capabilities even further, including services that will allow pool guests to order cocktails from their phones.”

 

    • Wireless in-room integration. The headache of innumerable data cables and mismatched ports during travel soon will become a distant memory as Bluetooth-enabled devices become more of the norm in guestrooms, according to John Bollen. ARIA Sky Suites recently implemented Bluetooth Music Bridge, allowing guests to stream playlists wirelessly through in-room speakers, and other hotels will follow suit in the coming year. Additionally, new high-tech amenities including iPads in high-end suites at MGM Grand will interface with hotel departments, allowing guests to order room service, send laundry and more, says Travis Lunn, vice president of hotel operations at MGM Grand.

 

  • Social and digital gaming. Table games with touch screen tops, like the InteractivePro tables recently introduced at MGM Grand and The Mirage, will be the next big gaming trend, according to Tom Mikulich, vice president of business development for MGM Resorts International. InteractivePro Tables are like giant smart phones, featuring a unique interface allowing four different users to operate interactive or individual gaming screens, watch sports, access social media and more. “In 2015, we plan to introduce sports betting, video reels and video table games,” says Mikulich.

 

 

Luxury

    • Whimsical luxury. “Luxury is no longer all about over-the-top opulence,” says Lezlie Young, vice president of The Mansion and SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand.”Instead, luxury brands are focusing on personalizing guest experiences through little extras and unexpected surprises that create a lasting impact.” For example, guests of The Mansion and SKYLOFTS enjoy creative turndown amenities such as gourmet popcorn and organic sunscreen. The newly opened Delano Las Vegas redefines personalized services with “surprise and delight” moments like impromptu complimentary amuse-bouches served within the hotel’s immersive lobby. Next year the boutique hotel will debut Delano Beach Club, a luxury escape with unique offerings including hammocks and a giant submerged chessboard.

 

    • Express luxury. As quick getaways become a standard for busy affluent professionals, Las Vegas will focus on express luxury services in 2015 to save guests time without sacrificing indulgence, according to James Mulidore, director of The Villas at The Mirage. For example, time-pressed guests of The Villas who can’t fit multiple restaurants into their stay can create an all-encompassing dining experience by ordering a course from each restaurant to enjoy in their suite. Las Vegas spas will introduce new treatments for on-the-go guests in 2015, including a Quick Fix menu at ESPA at Vdara, and “just-what-I-needed”-type services at Spa Bellagio, such as foot and leg messages during facials, cold stones during poolside massages and more.

 

  • Convenient luxury. As Las Vegas continues to rise in prominence as a luxury retail destination, discerning shoppers are creating a demand for retail centers that feature all their favorite designers, but still offer one-of-a-kind, exclusive products. In response, Farid Matraki, senior vice president and general manager of The Shops at Crystals, has aimed to make the retail destination the most effortless luxury shopping experience in the world. Matraki notes that one would have to walk the entire Champs-Elysees, Place Vendôme or Boulevard St. Germain to find all of the stores available under Crystals’ roof. In 2015, expect to see new unique-to-market, high-end designers open in Las Vegas such as Crystals’ newest boutique Audemars Piguet, while retailers focus on bringing their brand’s most rare and coveted items to Vegas for VIP guests.
  • High-end casual. Millennials prefer an understated approach to luxury, opting for chic-casual looks like designer jeans with sneakers rather than traditional suit-and-tie ensembles. Matraki notes the popularity among the millennial crowd with more approachable brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Paul Smith and Brunello Cucinelli, and expects other designers to evolve their offerings. In 2015, Matraki predicts designers such as Ermengildo Zegna will continue to replace suits with sportswear collections, while Louis Vuitton and PRADA will enhance their popular sneaker lines.

 

 

Entertainment

  • Festivals rule the city. “Interactive and social forms of entertainment, like music festivals and outdoor events, will be a major focus in Las Vegas,” says Chris Baldizan, senior vice president of entertainment for MGM Resorts International. From the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Life is Beautiful in Downtown Las Vegas, multi-day music festivals will continue to find homes in Las Vegas in 2015. Notably, the May U.S. debut of Brazil’s iconic Rock in Rio – the world’s largest music festival – will deliver top acts like Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Metallica, John Legend and more. Other events on the horizon for 2015 include the return of Wine Amplified, an alternative rock music and wine festival; and the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which features the best talent in the country music industry performing for fans in a laidback, outdoor environment.

 

Food

    • Unknown fish make it big. The introduction of lesser-known fish species will become a hip addition to more menus according to Chef Rick Moonen of Mandalay Bay’s Rx Boiler Room and RM Seafood. The demand for sustainable seafood remains as strong as ever, prompting restaurants to explore responsibly sourced options and alternatives to American menu staples. “As chefs are exposed to the amazing variety of seafood that is available they will start to go nuts!” Moonen predicts. Diners can expect more non-traditional fish to crop up on menus, following the lead of current offerings such as Salt Water Barramundi at Sage at ARIA, and sea-to-table options, like “Rick’s Sustainable Catch of the Day” at RM Seafood.

 

      • Bitter gets bigger. A flavor profile traditionally associated with mixology, bitter elements will make big moves in the kitchen in 2015. According to Joshua Smith, executive chef of soon-to-open BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA, unique ingredients will rise to prominence as chefs incorporate bitter flavors for balance in cooking. Since bitter is a crucial component of traditional French cooking, Smith emphasizes it on the menu of this new Las Vegas restaurant (opening January 2015), utilizing ingredients such as vermouth, endives, escarole and frisee. He also makes his own black pepper bitters for the restaurant’s Sauce Au Poivre, and flambés peppercorn-brandy bitters for an extra pop in the dish.

 

 

    • New approaches to booze-inspired food. In 2015, both Moonen and Smith expect to see alcohol influence dishes in unexpected ways, driving new approaches to the concept of booze-infused food. “Ingredients used to make beer and cocktails will start to appear in food preparations,” says Moonen, citing examples such as malted barley added as a crunch in salads, dried spelt grains used for crusts and juniper berry sauces served with game meat. Smith adds that he will be using high-end wines including La Vieille Ferme Rouge and Blanc during cooking to elevate recipes, and incorporating unique alcohols into dishes, such as Blue Crab Crêpe with Normandy cider beurre blanc.

 

  • Inventive cuisine tastes better together. According to Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong, group dining concepts will continue to gain popularity, partly due to the increasing spending power of millennials, who subscribe to the idea that the ultimate dining experience is one that’s shared with friends, family and their social networks. Prime examples include shareable menus like the Plats Pour Deux Menu at BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA; Italian social plates at Julian Serrano’s Lago, opening in spring 2015 at Bellagio; and the shareable punch bowls served at Franklin at Delano Las Vegas. Additionally, chefs anticipate that we’ll see new (and renewed) takes on traditional shareable dishes: Moonen is predicting a resurgence of the retro Fondu, plus Asian-inspired social dining like Pu Pu Platters and Korean barbeque becoming regulars on contemporary restaurant menus.

 

 

Beverage

    • In-house infusions and more. A major trend to watch in Las Vegas’ growing cocktail scene is innovative in-house preparations (i.e. homemade infusions, smoked cocktails). Monte Carlo’s Director of Beverage Philip Dow believes guests will notice a much larger push toward “the quality of the craft.” Examples of intricate preparations can already be found throughout Las Vegas such as Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay, which funnels smoke from cedar chips into whiskey to create its Smoked Whiskey Cola. Also ahead of the curve, MGM Grand’s Whiskey Down infuses its whiskey with mint in-house to create its signature Whiskey in a Jar cocktail. Sage at ARIA’s Smoke Missing Mirrors, visually smokes and smells of bourbon while the guest enjoys the smooth taste of cognac.

 

    • Champagne’s not just for celebrating. Champagne has always been an integral part of the Las Vegas experience, and now we’re seeing it evolve as a wine to enjoy at all occasions – not just celebrations, says to Harley Carbery, director of wine at Mandalay Bay. Whether toasting a moment or paired alongside a course, guests can enjoy two of the largest selections of champagne in the city at Aureole and miX, both located at Mandalay Bay. Carbery expects more venues to expand their champagne offerings in 2015, noting ARIA’s Lobby Bar, which recently created a champagne-by-the glass menu curated by ARIA’s Director of Wine Kim Wood.

 

  • Las Vegas emerges as a craft beer destination. As the craft beer revolution continues to take the world by storm, Las Vegas is steadily making its mark on the industry. Robert Parekh, general manager of TAP at MGM Grand, predicts hotels will focus on expanding their offerings in 2015, establishing bars and restaurants that are destinations for beer aficionados. Two popular local examples include The Pub at Monte Carlo, which offers more than 300 beers on tap; and Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, which sources a collection of international and hard-to-find brews. Additionally, Parekh says that we’ll see more of Las Vegas’ own microbrews making their way onto The Strip, exposing an international audience to local breweries like Big Dog’s, Banger Brewing and Joseph James. As a prime example, ARIA recently teamed up with Sin City Brewing Company to create a special edition extra pale ale available exclusively at the resort.


Spa

    • Immediate results that last. Results-driven treatments that provide immediate and lasting visible effects will drive new spa offerings in Las Vegas, according to Kim Key, spa director of ESPA at Vdara. Expect to see growth in more complex therapies such as BATHHOUSE’s recently introduced Cactus and Desert Lily Firming Treatment, which uses a silicon cupping method to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and The Spa at ARIA’s Oxygen Firming Facial, which utilizes an Apure oxygen mask to deliver instant anti-aging results.

 

  • Taking the spa outside. Spa services offered outside of traditional settings continue to be popular with guests and in 2015 we’ll see Las Vegas spas introduce and expand wellness offerings to new outdoor locations, according to Tammi Furce, director of Spa Bellagio. Expect to see spas debut innovative treatments like Spa Bellagio’s new Surf to Turf Massage, which will move from aquatic pool therapy to table massage. ARIA recently debuted in-pool massages, while outdoor yoga programs, like Monte Carlo’s Yoga on BLVD Plaza, will look to expand to new locations including Mandalay Bay Beach.

Photos/Event Recap: “Chefs To The Max” Dinner at Rx Boiler Room Raises $275,799 for Local Food Critic Max Jacobson

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EVENT RECAP: “CHEFS TO THE MAX” DINNER AT RX BOILER ROOM RAISES $275,799 FOR LOCAL FOOD CRITIC MAX JACOBSON

Last night, Sunday, January 19, a group of the country’s most acclaimed chefs collaborated on the first “Chefs to the Max” dinner at Chef Rick Moonen’s Rx Boiler Room inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place and raised a total of $275,799. The dinner was the first of a series to benefit critically injured Las Vegas-based food journalist Max Jacobson. The event featured a cocktail reception, sit-down seven-course dinner with wine pairing, as well as a live and silent auction for 100 guests. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Jacobson directly to help pay for mounting medical bills as a result of the accident.

Chefs in attendance included Megan Bringas, Kim Canteenwalla, Shirley Chung, John Church, Saipin Chutima, Barry Dakake, Susan Feniger, Bobby Flay, Hubert Keller, Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, Grant MacPherson, Mary Sue Milliken, Bradley Ogden, Luciano Pellegrini, Vincent Pilon, Pino Posteraro, Vincent Pouessel, Joey Romano, Megan Romano, Angelo Sosa and David Walzog.

In addition, Rick Moonen challenged Bobby Flay to a “Kampachi Throwdown.” Moonen prepared a Chili Seared Kona Kampachi with avocado, ruby red grapefruit and yuzu butter sauce; and Flay prepared a Kona Kampachi with Korean red pepper-tangerine glaze with pickled Brussels sprout relish and squab egg. Guests voted and Rick Moonen was announced the winner.

Two days before Christmas 2013, Jacobson was struck by a car while in the crosswalk at Windmill Parkway and Pecos Road as he walked from home to the gym. He sustained severe brain trauma from the accident. He remains in critical condition at Kindred Healthcare.

Jacobson is currently Vegas Seven’s restaurant reviewer. Prior to that, he covered Orange County for the Los Angeles Times for 15 years. He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to be the lead critic for Las Vegas Life. He has also written for numerous national culinary publications including Saveur and Gourmet. Jacobson recently co-authored “Eating Las Vegas” with fellow food critics Al Mancini and John Curtas.

For more information about the “Chefs to the Max” dinner series, go to www.Facebook.com/ChefstotheMax.

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Raise A Glass To Repeal Day At Rx Boiler Room

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RAISE A GLASS TO REPEAL DAY AT RX BOILER ROOM

 

WHAT:  Party like it’s 1933! Celebrate Repeal Day at Rx Boiler Room in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place on Thursday, December 5 from 5-7:30pm. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, the restaurant and bar will be teaming up with Belvedere Vodka to showcase a prohibition-era themed cocktail hour. Offered at the bar and lounge area, guests are invited to enjoy complimentary Moscow Mules (limit one per guest) and $5 vintage cocktails (while supplies last) created by lead barman Eric Smith. To seek out these special offers, guests must whisper the key word, found on Rx Boiler Room’s Facebook page, upon ordering. Guests are encouraged to come swinging in roaring 20’s attire. So to celebrate, it’s time to drink up! And there’s no better excuse than on Repeal Day.

 

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5pm to 7:30pm.

 

WHERE: Rx Boiler Room in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

 

 

About Rx Boiler Room
Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen showcases his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu features an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations, capably crafted by lead barman Nathan Greene. Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room offers a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. The restaurant is open seven nights a week from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the dining room, and until 2 a.m. in the steampunk lounge. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (702) 632-9900. 

 

Rx Boiler Room Hosts Holiday Takeover with Mixologists Tony Abou-Ganim and Dale DeGroff to Benefit Charity

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RX BOILER ROOM HOSTS HOLIDAY TAKEOVER WITH MIXOLOGISTS TONY
ABOU-GANIM AND DALE DEGROFF TO BENEFIT CHARITY

WHAT: Rx Boiler Room, known for its comfort food re-defined with cutting edge cocktails, invites guests to spread holiday cheer with another one of its interactive mixology experiences to benefit charity.

On Monday, December 16th, Chef Rick Moonen and Rx Boiler Room’s lead barman Eric Smith will team up with special guest mixologists, Tony Abou-Ganim (The Modern Mixologist) and Dale DeGroff (The Cocktail King) to celebrate the spirit of the season with a “Holiday Takeover.”

Guests can enjoy a selection of holiday-themed passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by Moonen, along with various joyful cocktails for $50 per person. In addition, for a supplementary $50, guests can receive three personalized books by the masters – Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook’s Essential Companion by Moonen, Vodka Distilled: The Modern Mixologist on Vodka and Vodka Cocktails by Abou-Ganim and The Craft of the Cocktail by DeGroff – perfect for those who still have a foodie friend or two to cross off of their shopping list!

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Helen David Memorial Fund, started by The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, dedicated to providing assistance to bartenders affected by breast cancer.

For reservations, please call (702) 632-9900 or email melissa@rickmoonen.com.

WHEN: Monday, December 16; 7 p.m. — 10 p.m.

WHERE: Rx Boiler Room in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

 
About Rx Boiler Room
Combining the alchemy of food and drink, Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen showcases his spin on classic comfort food, offering guests a variety of playful creations in small and large plate portions, ideal for a shared dining experience. Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, the drink menu features an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations, capably crafted by lead barman Nathan Greene. Showcasing a playful interior design that defies its new age, Rx Boiler Room offers a modern reflection of the Victorian era, celebrating the steampunk sub-genre often associated with science-fiction and inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. The restaurant is open seven nights a week from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the dining room, and until 2 a.m. in the steampunk lounge. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (702) 632-9900. 

EVENT RECAP/Photos: Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas: Day 1

Event Recap: Kick-Off of Life is Beautiful Festival in
Downtown Las Vegas – Day 1

 

On Friday, October 25, Life is Beautiful Festival hosted its official kick-off party, Grills & Guitars.  The party featured a culinary feast prepared by 16 celebrity chefs, including Bruce Bromberg, Aarón Sánchez, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, David Myers, Jet Tila, Clayton Arakawa with musical performances by Dawes and Todd Rundgren.

The first day of the festival, Saturday, October 26, 2013, attracted tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas to explore the 15-block music, food, art and learning event consisting of five music stages, a culinary village, an alchemy garden, an eclectic street art program curated by Charlotte Dutoit, a learning program with a range of notable speakers, and much more.

Highlights of the festival so far include:

  • Kanye West toured the footprint of the festival with co-founder Rehan Choudhry & Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on the eve of the openin
  • At Grills & Guitars, Nancy Silverton presented Jonathan Waxman with the Lifetime Achievement Award surrounded by Aarón Sánchez, Bruce Bromberg, Michael Symon and the festival’s co-founder, Rehan Choudhry
  • Hometown favorites Imagine Dragons played their biggest show in Vegas to date, and spoke about their excitement of being part of the transformation of Downtown Las Vegas. The show ended with a surprise appearance from the cast of Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
  • Childish Gambino performed his own rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”
  • Capital Cities covered a Bee Gee’s song and two different versions of their hit “Safe and Sound”
  • Beck performed Michael Jackson’s hit song “Billie Jean”
  • Aarón Sánchez packed the room with energetic fans during his “Chefs on Stage” cooking demonstration
  • Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons joined Jet Tila during his cooking demonstration and Youngblood Hawke cooked with Cat Cora
  • Speakers including Tony Horton and the creators and cast of MTV’s “The Buried Life” inspired attendees when sharing their stories about following their passions
  • The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil surprised guests with a pop-up performance on Fremont Street
  • Headliner Kings of Leon closed out the festival’s first night with an inspiring performance featuring a three-song encore (details and photos to follow)

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Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors
Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, Esquire Magazine, Heineken USA, Las Vegas Events, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Sub-Zero Wolf & Westar Kitchen & Bath, Travel + Leisure, Zappos.com, Ketel One Vodka, Murphy-Goode, Pandora, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, Toyota, Dolce Vita + J.D. Fisk,  El Cortez Hotel & Casino, US Foods, Whole Foods Market, Airstream 2 Go, Bacardi, Chef Works, Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, the D Las Vegas, Le Creuset, MGM Grand, Original Penguin, Ploom, & Silver State Productions.

 

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

 

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ABOUT AURELIAN MARKETING GROUP
Aurelian Marketing Group is a brand experience company made up of a group highly experienced brand strategists, creative directors and expert producers with a deep track record in creating and implementing meaningful and impactful branded entertainment and events.  Its CEO, Rehan Choudhry is the former Director of Entertainment for The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and was previously the Regional Director of Entertainment for Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City.  He was recognized by event trade publication, BizBash as an Event Innovator for his work at The Cosmopolitan in 2011. www.aurelianmg.com

 

ABOUT ANOTHER PLANET ENTERTAINMENT
Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has produced and promoted events with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Paul McCartney and Kanye West. In its first year of operation, Another Planet was selected by a vote of its concert industry peers as “Promoter of the Year” in the United States by Pollstar Magazine. Another Planet is the exclusive promoter of several venues in Northern California also produces two major yearly festivals in San Francisco  Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008) and Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007). www.apeconcerts.com.

 

ABOUT MAKTUB MARKETING
MAKTUB Marketing is directed by Joey Vanas.  Vanas is the managing partner of First Friday Las Vegas and the Executive Director of the First Friday Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local and civic art. Vanas has overseen the growth of the First Friday event to 20,000+ people while creating positive media attention and awareness for the Downtown Vegas Arts scene in markets across the country and around the world.

 

ABOUT DOWNTOWN PROJECT
Downtown Project is a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  The organization has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas through investments in real estate, residential development, education, small business, and tech startups.  With a goal of reaching residential density of 100 people per acre, coupled with ground level activities, Downtown Project aims to accelerate community and co-learning through the serendipitous interactions of the people of Downtown Las Vegas. www.downtownproject.com

 

Life is Beautiful Festival Releases Single-Day Lineup

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Life is Beautiful Festival Releases Single-Day Lineup

Single Day GA and Single Day VIP go on sale September 27 at Ticketmaster.com

Life is Beautiful Festival to release a limited quantity of single day general admission and single day VIP tickets for sale beginning on Friday, September 27 at 10 a.m. PT on Ticketmaster.com.

Priced at $95 and $209.50 (plus taxes and fees) for GA and VIP respectively, single day tickets are available for both Saturday and Sunday, October 26 and 27, 2013.  A limited number of VIP tables and cabanas will also go on sale this Friday; for more information, visit the festival’s website.

A basic schedule featuring musical acts, chefs, artists and speakers includes:

Saturday, October 26: Doors 12pm – 12am

Music

Kings of Leon Joey Bada$$ Dreamers
Beck Capital Cities RNR
Imagine Dragons Youngblood Hawke Ekoh
Pretty Lights ZZ Ward Rusty Maples
Alabama Shakes Poolside Same Sex Mary
Childish Gambino Family of the Year Sabriel
Purity Ring Cayucas Crazy Chief
Big Gigantic Nico Vega A Crowd of Small Adventures
Dawes Wallpaper. GoldBoot
Cults Alpine Turner
Earl Sweatshirt Chancellor Warhol Shalvoy Music
Andrew McMahon Children of the Night DJ Zo
Tink Albi Loves Chicken Tenders

 

Food

Bruce Bromberg Susan Feniger Rebecca Wilcomb
Eric Bromberg Akira Back Ben Hammond
Scott Conant Sven Mede Natalie Young
Michael Mina Francois Payard Nina Manchev
Michael Symon David Myers Steve Martorano
Tom Colicchio Kerry Simon Carlos Buscaglia
Jonathan Waxman Carla Pellegrino Vinod Ahuja
Aarón Sánchez Richard Camarota Dan Coughlin
Cat Cora Gerald Chin Sean Kinoshita
Hubert Keller Jason Tuley Frank Gorriceta
Rick Moonen Megan Romano Massimiliano Campanari
Donald Link Marcel Vigneron Dustin Lewandowski
Jet Tila Grant MacPherson Peter Bastien
Kim Canteenwalla Madison Cowan Steve Piamchuntar
Mary Sue Milliken Tony Luke Brett Ottolenghi

 

Art

“13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” Vhils Trifecta Gallery
“Human Nature “ The Stencil Network Jonah Jakin
“Mystère “ Aware Fletcher Benton
“Recycled Percussion “ Catherine Borg Mary Hull Webster
“The Beatles LOVE” Yasmina Chavez CJ
“Zarkana” Matthew Couper Western Project
Bicicleta Sem Freio Wendy Kveck Alastair MacKinven
Interesni Kazki Miguel Rodriquez All Done Well
Zio Ziegler Jo Russ Eric Tillinghast
D*Face Javier Sanchez Chuck Close & Kiki Smith
Ana Maria Lance Smith Rick Siggins
Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) Jesse Smigel Molly White
VAST Art Project
CCSD

 

Learning

The Cast of “The Buried Life” Paull Young Courtnee LeClaire Westendorf
Tony Horton Will Travis David Uslan
Cirque du Soleil Brad Sugars Michael Karnjanaprakorn
Aarón Sánchez David Daniel Hudson Chris Culos
Jason Pollock Marcia Wieder
Dr. Sean Stephenson Miki Agrawal

 

Sunday, October 27: Doors 12pm – 11pm

Music

The Killers Living Colour Moondog Matinee
Vampire Weekend Allen Stone American Cream
Empire of the Sun HAIM The Dirty Hooks
Passion Pit Smith Westerns Most Thieves
Jurassic 5 twenty one pilots Kid Meets Cougar
Zedd Robert DeLong Beau Hodges Band
Janelle Monáe Five Knives HaleAmanO
STS9 Wildcat! Wildcat! Jordan Kate Mitchell
Portugal. The Man The Kingston Springs Joey Pero and His Band
Danny Brown Cosmic Suckerpunch Dusty Sunshine
The Joy Formidable Knocked Up Kids DJ88
Charli XCX The Dig DJ Supra

 

Food

Nancy Silverton Jonathan Waxman Gerald Chin
Todd English Cat Cora Megan Romano
Mike Minor Hubert Keller Tony Luke
Jason Tuley Rick Moonen Rebecca Wilcomb
Elias Cairo Donald Link Ben Hammond
Josh Graves Jet Tila Natalie Young
Bruce Bromberg Kim Canteenwalla Nina Manchev
Eric Bromberg Francois Payard Steve Martorano
Scott Conant Kerry Simon Carlos Buscaglia
Michael Mina Carla Pellegrino Vinod Ahuja
Dan Coughlin Massimiliano Campanari Steve Piamchuntar
Sean Kinoshita Dustin Lewandowski Brett Ottolenghi
Frank Gorriceta Peter Bastien Tony Abou-Ganim

 

Art

“Absinthe” Vhils CCSD
“Jabbawockeez” Zio Ziegler Trifecta Gallery
“Michael Jackson ONE” Bicicleta Sem Freio Jonah Jakin
“Million Dollar Quartet” Catherine Borg Fletcher Benton
“O” Yasmina Chavez Mary Hull Webster
“Rock of Ages” Matthew Couper CJ
“Zumanity” Wendy Kveck Western Project
Interesni Kazki Miguel Rodriquez Alastair MacKinven
Ana Maria Jo Russ All Done Well
The Stencil Network Javier Sanchez Eric Tillinghast
Aware Lance Smith Chuck Close & Kiki Smith
D*Face Jesse Smigel Rick Siggins
Alexis Diaz (La Pandilla) VAST Art Project Molly White

 

Learning

UFC Fighters Forrest Griffin, Miesha Tate & Pat Barry Jim Kwik Rajil Kapoor
Tony Hsieh Daniel Kraft, M.D. Lars Schmidt
Harry Shum Jr. Steve Brown Prerna Gupta
Matt Mullenweg Scott Flansburg Dr. Cristina de Jesus
Rehan Choudhry Maneesh K. Goyal & David Munczinski Rudy Lopez-Negrete
Jason Lester Jamie Wheal Jia Jiang
Quddus Tim Chang

 

*Lineup Subject to Change. Detailed schedule to be released at a later date

A full lineup of bands, chef demonstrations, art presentations and learning speeches is available at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com.

Life is Beautiful Festival expects to attract tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas Sponsors of the inaugural Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire MagazineLas Vegas Review Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du SoleilZappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, Silicon Valley Bank, Whole Foods Market, Downtown Grand Las Vegas, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Chef Works, Ploom, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

Dawes, Todd Rundgren and Celebrity Chefs Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Aaron Sanchez and more to Kick-Off Inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival

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Dawes, Todd Rundgren and Celebrity Chefs Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Aaron Sanchez and more to Kick-Off Inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival 

“Grills & Guitars” will commence the festival weekend with live music, 16 well-known chefs and flamed-kissed fare that will satisfy all the senses on Friday, October 25, 2013

 

Life is Beautiful Festival releases more details about its kick-off party featuring musical performances by Dawes and Todd Rundgren. On Friday, October 25, 2013, from 8pm – Midnight, 16 celebrity chefs will come together to participate in “Grills & Guitars,” a celebration of the beloved backyard barbecue combining creative open flame cookery with craft brews, artisanal wines and original cocktails created by some of the country’s finest mixologists.

Participating chefs, including Clayton Arakawa, Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Kim Canteenwalla, Scott Conant, Cat Cora, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken, Rick Moonen, David Myers, Aarón Sánchez and Jet Tila, will serve dishes like Whole Roast Goat Enchiladas, Shrimp and Sugar Cane Skewers and Whole Hawaiian Pigs smothers with Big Island Hearts of Palm. Special appearances will be made by chefs Tom Colicchio, Nancy Silverton and Michael Symon.

Celebrated Chef Jonathan Waxman will be honored with the first-ever commemorative award at the event for his dedication to educating and mentoring many of today’s top toques including all of the chefs in attendance.

“Waxy’s approach to life is mirrored by the way he cooks,” says Bruce Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Restaurants and Head of Life is Beautiful Festival’s Culinary Advisory Board. “Respect, compassion, confidence and humility are at his core and his unwavering love of life and food evoke huge smiles from even his casual acquaintances so you can imagine what it’s like to be called his friend.”

Tickets are available for purchase here; Price: $175, VIP $225 *Does not require purchase of a festival ticket, must be 21 or over.

Tickets for the Life is Beautiful Festival Culinary Programs are available for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

Watch the Culinary Experiences video

Regular Two-Day General Admission & VIP Tickets for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival are available for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 

General Admission Tickets:

·      Regular Two-Day GA: $159.50

VIP Tickets:

·      Two-Day VIP Ticket: $349.50

o   VIP tickets include: Exclusive VIP lounge with shade, lounge seating, activities and more; Viewing Areas at Main Stages; VIP restroom facilities; Access to special VIP food concessions; Access to special VIP beer, wine and spirits concessions; Commemorative Poster and more.

Life is Beautiful Festival Sponsors

Sponsors of the inaugural Festival include Wirtz Beverage Nevada, Heineken USA, Esquire MagazineLas Vegas Review Journal, Travel + Leisure, Sub-Zero Wolf, Westar Kitchen & Bath, Las Vegas Events, Cirque du Soleil, Zappos.com, Red Bull, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the D Las Vegas, Toyota, Whole Foods Market, Le Creuset, Airstream 2 Go, Chef Works, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Flamingo Las Vegas.*Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

Life is Beautiful Festival is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Programming

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Life is Beautiful Festival Announces Culinary Experiences & New Chefs  

Two-Day Festival of World Class Music, Food, Art & Learning in Downtown Las Vegas includes

“Grills & Guitars” by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, “The Culinary Village”, and “The Alchemy Garden”  

New Chef Additions include Nancy Silverton; Headlining Chefs include: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Aaron Sanchez, Cat Cora, Rick Moonen, Scott Conant, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon

Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th, 2013

 

Life is Beautiful (L.I.B.) Festival announces the lineup of culinary programming and experiences for the inaugural festival taking place Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, 2013, with a kickoff event the evening of Friday, October 25th.  With more than 60 chefs and restaurants, 24 wineries and 24 breweries participating in the culinary part of the festival alone, L.I.B. presents its attendees with a full-scale food festival experience and expects to draw tens of thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas. The culinary programming includes experiences that are included in the price of a general-admission festival ticket, such as The Culinary Village, The Alchemy Garden & Chefs on Stage, as well as unique ticketed events that do not require a festival ticket like the Grills & Guitars kick-off party hosted by Blue Ribbon Restaurants and the Take a Stand charity soiree; an eight-course dinner hosted by Elizabeth Blau & Hubert Keller benefitting Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools.

The creative direction of the food festival portion of Life is Beautiful Festival was shaped by a culinary advisory board of 12 top chefs chaired by Bruce Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Restaurants.  The food festival will be anchored by The Culinary Village a Moroccan-style bazaar featuring stations manned by more than 60 well-known chefs. Within The Village, guests can enjoy an entertaining and informative series of chef demonstrations (Chefs on Stage), culinary affairs, intimate meals and a beer, wine and spirits garden (The Alchemy Garden). All experiences within the food and wine program will allow attendees the opportunity to engage with these talented chefs up-close and gain insight into their creative process in the kitchen and beyond.

“The food experiences of Life is Beautiful Festival were carefully designed to be interactive, innovative and unexpected,” says Jolene Mannina, Head of Culinary Arts for the festival. “Working with the vision of our Culinary Advisory Board of 12 world-renowned Chefs, we’ve created an approach that we feel will set us apart from other food festivals, giving both our patrons and chefs a chance to enjoy something new, fresh and, of course, delicious.”

The current chef lineup features: Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jonathan Waxman, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Michael Mina, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Jet Tila, Donald Link, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Aaron Sanchez, David Burke, Charlie Palmer, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Paul Bartolotta, David Myers, Todd English, Kerry Simon, Carla Pellegrino, André Rochat, Sven Mede, Marcel Vigneron, Mike Minor, Megan Romano, Elias Cairo, Josh Graves, Jason Tuley, Rebecca Wilcomb, Ben Hammond, Grant MacPherson, Michael Kornick, Natalie Young, Dan Coughlin, Sean Kinoshita, Massimiliano Campanari, Carlos Buscaglia, Vinod Ahuja, Manuel Hinojosa.

 

New Chefs / Mixologists Added to the lineup: Nancy Silverton, Akira Back, Richard Camarota, Frank Goriceta, Carlos Guia, Joseph Leibowitz, Hiew Gun Khong, Nina Manchev, Tony Abou-Ganim, Drew Levinson, Andrew Pollard, Eric Swanson, Kent Bearden, Thomas Burke, Michael Shetler, Kevin Vanegas, Jack Kramer, and Mike Tadich.

 

Tickets for the Life is Beautiful Festival Culinary Programs go on sale July 19, 2013 at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

Life Is Beautiful Festival – Culinary Experiences Premier Sponsor: Whole Foods Market

 

–       The Culinary Village: Located in the heart of the festival and home to the world’s best chefs and restaurants, The Culinary Village is where the aromas of earth’s four corners collide. Over 50 restaurants will partake in this bazaar of epicurean delight that takes festival food options to a whole new level.

Restaurants: Blue Ribbon Restaurant, Honey Salt, Fleur, Strip Steak, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Hard Rock, DMK Burger Bar, Due Forni, Yellowtail, Kumi, D.O.C.G, Herbsaint, LAVO, TAO, Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina, EAT, Chocolate & Spice, Origin India, Barbuto, rm Seafood, Kuma Snow Cream, Curbside Cafe, LBS Burger, Smokin Bros BBQ, Sin City Hot Dogs, Forte European Tapas & Bistro and more.
Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required, a la carte selection
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

 

–       The Alchemy Gardens Presented by Wirtz Beverage: Craft brewers, wine makers and distillers will pour a-la-carte libations at this garden, overflowing with liquid creativity. Enthusiasts can also choose to purchase additional tickets to meet and mingle with master brewers, wine makers and distillers over flight tastings.

Price: General Admission or VIP festival ticket required a la carte Beer, Wine, Spirits and Sake; must be 21 or over.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm

–       Flights Tastings (In The Alchemy Gardens): For a better understanding of the passion and history poured into each glass, additional tickets may be purchased for tastings with master brewers, wine makers and distillers.

Price: $40 for 9 tastings, General Admission or VIP festival ticket required
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:00pm – 12:00am Midnight; Sunday, 12:00pm – 11:00pm
 

–       Chefs on Stage Presented by Sub-Zero Wolf & Whole Foods Market: Over two days, 20 of the most highly regarded chefs in the industry give attendees a chance to get up close and personal as they showcase their skills live on a Sub-Zero Wolf stage located in a climate-controlled tent. These demonstrations will tantalize taste buds and teach viewers how to create the same experience at home.

Chefs: Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Scott Conant, Jet Tila, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Chris Cosentino, Rick Moonen, Aaron Sanchez, Hubert Keller, Kerry Simon, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Mike Minor, Donald Link, Grant MacPherson, Carla Pellegrino, Jason Tuley, David Myers, Elias Caro, Josh Graves,Todd English
Location: The Culinary Village
Price: Free Event with Festival General Admission or VIP ticket
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th
Time: Saturday, 1:45pm – 9:00pm; Sunday, 12:45pm – 8:00pm

–       Take A Stand: Elizabeth Blau and Hubert Keller will host the Life is Beautiful grand opening soiree to benefit Three Square Food Bank and Communities in Schools. Showcasing the mystery and wonderment of Old Vegas at its finest, this charity dinner will feature eight award-winning chefs serving eight courses in various styles throughout the night paired with priceless wines and crafted cocktails by Wirtz Beverage mixologists and sommeliers.


Chefs: Hubert Keller, Michael Mina, Todd English, Akira Back, Paul Bartolotta, Grant MacPherson, Charlie Palmer, Megan Romano
Location: Secret Downtown Location to be revealed upon purchase confirmation
Price: $5,000
(1) VIP two-day festival ticket included
(1) Grills & Guitars ticket included
Seats: 40 (must be 21 or over)
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 7pm – 10pm

–       Grills & Guitars: Start the festival weekend with 15 well-known chefs, gourmet comfort food and live music. A twist on the traditional backyard barbecue, the festival kick-off party will pair beer, wine and cocktails with flamed-kissed fare that will satisfy all the senses.

Chefs: Bruce & Eric Bromberg, Jonathan Waxman, Cat Cora, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Nancy Silverton, Jet Tila, Scott Conant, Kim Canteenwalla, Aaron Sanchez, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen & David Myers
Price: $175, VIP $225 *Does not require purchase of a festival ticket. Must be 21 or over.
Date: Friday, October 25th
Time: 8pm VIP, 9pm – Midnight

–       Culinary Crawl: This three-hour dining tour is designed to introduce palates to a variety of tastes. Guests will be escorted to three different venues, each with a different chef host who has customized a unique experience that pairs their creative dishes with specially selected drinks provided by Wirtz Beverage Group. 

Saturday
Chefs & Locations:

  • “Pig & Whiskey” hosted by Kim Canteenwalla and Sven Mede at The Flame Steakhouse
  • “From Korea to Japan”, hosted by Akira Back at Park on Fremont
  • “Amaro & Amare”, hosted by Richard Camarota & Megan Romano at EAT

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Saturday, October 26th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

Sunday
            Chefs & Locations:

  • “Rare & Rosso” Jonathan Waxman & Nancy Silverton at EAT
  • “Tongue & Cheek” Rick Moonen at Le Thai
  • “Bones & Brews” Iron chef Cat Cora & Jason Tuley at Park on Fremont

Price:   $130 – Single pass to the Culinary Crawl, GA or VIP festival ticket required for purchase
$290 – Includes a two (2) day General Admission festival ticket
Date: Sunday, October 27th
Time: 5pm – 8pm

***Chef and event details subject to change.

 

Regular Two-Day General Admission & VIP Tickets for the 2013 Life is Beautiful Festival are available for purchase at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com

 
General Admission Tickets:

  • Regular Two-Day GA: $159.50

VIP Tickets:

  • TWO-DAY VIP Ticket: $349.50
    • VIP tickets include: Exclusive VIP lounge with shade, lounge seating, activities and more; Viewing Areas at Main Stages; VIP restroom facilities; Access to special VIP food concessions; Access to special VIP beer, wine and spirits concessions; Commemorative Poster and more!

Life is Beautiful Sponsors

Sponsors of the inaugural Life is Beautiful Festival include Wirtz Beverage Group, Heineken, Zappos, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas Review Journal, Red Bull, Esquire, Whole Foods Market, Caesars Entertainment, and many more. *Sponsors listed are current as of release date.

L.I.B. is being developed by Aurelian Marketing Group in partnership with Another Planet Entertainment, MAKTUB Marketing and Downtown Project. Visit www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com and sign up to receive information updates via email. Connect with the Life is Beautiful team socially at Facebook.com/LIBFestival and Twitter.com/LifeIsBeautiful.

Las Vegas Chef Rick Moonen Presents Steampunk-Inspired Rx Boiler Room at Mandalay Bay

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LAS VEGAS CHEF RICK MOONEN PRESENTS STEAMPUNK-INSPIRED
RX BOILER ROOM AT MANDALAY BAY

 

Rx Boiler Room, created by award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Rick Moonen, has opened inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The venue features a steampunk-inspired restaurant and lounge, with décor reminiscent of industrialism during the 19th century Victorian era, that serves up re-defined comfort food classics and hand-crafted cocktails.

Moonen has created a spirited menu by combining the alchemy of food and drink, unleashing a playful experience for guests with experimental techniques and surprises around every corner. Dishes to share or jump-start a meal include Chicken Pot Pie Nuggets (natural jus with peas and carrots); Inside Out French Onion Grilled Cheese (provolone, parmesan and gruyere); and Braised Oxtail Croquettes Dijonnaise (lemon aioli), to name a few.

The savory portion of the menu continues with a wide-variety of board and jars (spreads, cheeses and charcuterie), garden (salads), land (meats), ocean (seafood) and trimmings (sides). Highlights include Pickle Jar (dill, bread and butter, asparagus, carrot and wax beans); All Kale Caesar (reggiano parmigiano, white anchovies and garlic crutons); Rx Steak-N-Eggs (wagu beef tartare with miso marinated yolk, capers and truffles); Squid-E-O’s with Spicy Merguez Meatballs (squid ink tomato sauce, calamari and garlic toast point); Mac + Cheese x Five (pinwheel pasta, blue, parmesan, brie, cheddar and blanc) and much more!

A selection of whimsy desserts hit the sweet spot, such as Pie Americana (apple compote, puff pastry, vanilla ice cream and walnuts); Cookies and Milk (baked to order chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, served with a bottle of milk); Mahalo Matcha Panna Cotta (Hawaiian-style green tea panna cotta, li-hung mui pineapples, macadamia nut tuile and passion fruit sorbet).

Paired to elevate and complement the overall experience, lead barman Nathan Greene has developed an emporium of the finest spirits and innovative libations. Featured cocktails include Some Like It Hot (Ford’s Gin, Solerno Blood Orange Liquer, honey syrup, fresh lemon, habanero shrub bitters, topped with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a smoked paprika-pink Himalayan salt rim); Mario Took The Wrong Warp Pipe (Novo Fogo Silver Cachaca, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, fresh lemon, house made thyme syrup, extra virgin olive oil, egg white with a smoked thyme sprig for garnish); and Smoked Whiskey & Cola (George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, house made Cola syrup, Bittercube Cherrybark Vanilla Bitters, Fever Tree soda water, smoked cherrywood chips smoked in a crystal skull and poured over ice and served with a bottle of Fever Tree Soda water for the patron).

To complement Moonen’s love for sustainability, the venue showcases a lively interior design featuring reclaimed wood, previously from the former space rm Upstairs, for furniture, wall paneling and serving boards, along with effectively restored and reused antiques throughout the space. The apothecary-style bar and lounge is filled with gears, cogs, chalkboard walls and an expansive glass case full of antique jars with herbs, spices and collectibles, giving the space a lab-like feel. Guests can also escape to intimate booth dining, where they will find themselves surrounded by a variety of glass art, sculptures and rich velvet drapes. With an eclectic restaurant and lounge feel and approachable menu, Rx Boiler Room offers guests a unique bar and dining experience.

Rx Boiler Room is open seven nights a week from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the dining room, and until 2 a.m. in the steampunk lounge. For reservations or additional information, please call 702-632-9900 or visit www.rxboilerroom.com. Like Rx Boiler Room on Facebook and follow along on Twitter @RxBoilerRoom for updates and special event information.

 

 

About Chef Rick Moonen
Restaurateur, chef and cookbook author, Rick Moonen, has been one of the country’s leading advocates for the sustainable seafood movement his entire 30-year career. His restaurant, Rick Moonen’s rm seafood at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, showcases his commitment to sustainability without foregoing culinary creativity and innovation, and has been critically acclaimed by local and national press since opening its doors. His cookbook, Fish Without a Doubt, featured as part of the Gourmet Book Club, is a practical, hands-on guide to buying, preparing and cooking a wide array of fish. Rick has been featured in Food & Wine, SAVEUR, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and seen on Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dan Rather Reports, and CNN. Rick has received numerous awards including being named Chef of the Year by Monterey Bay Aquarium for his tireless efforts towards sustainability. Find him @RickMoonen, Facebook.com/ChefRickMoonen or www.rickmoonen.com.